It started yesterday when I forgot what day it was and posted Free Publicity Friday a day early (talk about a D’oh moment!). After realizing my mistake, I looked at my calendar, and I thought about how challenging it’s been trying to finish my current WIP,Road Rage.I also thought about how many ebooks and samples I have on my Kindle and how at the rate I’m going (I manage maybe an hour a night for reading), I’ll never get through them all plus keep up with all my favorite authors’ new releases. I also started to get really excited about judging in my first writing contest next month.
All these things swirled together like that megastorm seen from space in The Day After Tomorrow, and at the center is a single decision that I am putting out there for all the world to see and hold me accountible to:
I am not going to write in the month of May.
You heard me. No adding words to any manuscript. No sketching out scenes so I don’t forget them. No outlining. Okay, maybe a little outlining. I don’t want to get the shakes, after all.
So what will I do with May?
I will read. A lot. I am a slow reader and I take a lot of craft notes while reading, so I will set a modest goal of 15 books. That’s one every 2 days on average. Oooh, just thinking about reading 15 books in a month gets me all smiley and relaxed. I hope I can do it.
What that means for the remainder of April: I have 11 days to finishRoad Rage. Or I’ll have to sit on it until June.
There it is, folks. See Jessi commit. Peek at my Goodreads profile and check back here to keep me honest, will you? I’d appreciate it.
Have you ever taken a break from writing? If so, why and how did you respond during the break and after?